OUR diligent robotics TEAM
At Diligent Robotics, our mission is to enhance people’s lives with robotics technology. We unite AI and robotics to design socially intelligent robots that assist people every day, as trusted and reliable members of a team. We aim to empower people to spend less time on logistical tasks so that they are able to use their ingenuity, passion and skills on bigger challenges.
Our team is developing a suite of AI to enable robots to collaborate and work with people in everyday environments. At the core, we are focused on user-centered design to build solutions based on the needs of the people we aim to support.
Moxi is our healthcare service robot that autonomously completes tasks in hospital environments. We believe Moxi has the potential to positively change the way healthcare teams function by alleviating the time they spend on non-patient related activities, enabling them to remain focused on what matters most, taking care of people. Learn more about Moxi here.
our LEADERSHIP TEAM
ANDREA THOMAZ, CEO AND CO-FOUNDER
Andrea Thomaz is a renowned social robotics expert and currently the CEO of Diligent Robotics. Her accolades include being recognized by the National Academy of Science as a Kavli Fellow, the US President’s Council of Advisors on Science and Tech, Popular Science’s Brilliant 10 list with her robot Curi appearing on the cover and MIT Technology Review’s Next Gen of 35 Innovators U 35. Andrea’s passion for social robotics began during her work at MIT Media Lab where she realized the opportunity to utilize AI to develop machines that address existing human needs, rather than developing machines before understanding how humans could benefit from them. She co-founded Diligent Robotics to bring her vision of machines helping humans mainstream with socially intelligent robots that collaborate with humans by doing their routine tasks so they have more time for human experiences. Andrea earned her PhD from MIT, BS in Electrical and Computer Engineering from UT Austin and was a Robotics Professor at Georgia Tech and UT Austin.
Vivian Chu, CTO and Co-Founder
Vivian Chu is considered a leading innovator in robotics, applying AI and social intelligence in the development of robots, with honors as an Google Anita Borg Memorial Scholar, Stanford University’s EECS Rising Stars, and Robohub’s “25 women in robotics you need to know about” in 2016. During her university studies, Vivian explored various engineering disciplines and discovered her perfect fit with robotics when she had the opportunity to program a Roomba to climb up a ramp while at UC Berkeley. She loved seeing the physical manifestation of code and how robots can move in the real world. After completing her Ph.D. at Georgia Tech, she help found Diligent Robotics to develop socially intelligent robots to work autonomously yet collaboratively in a team. Vivian has over 10 years of experience with AI, machine learning, and natural language processing and is an expert in applying machine learning algorithms with multimodal data to concrete tasks across various robotic platforms such as the PR2, Meka Robot, and Kinova Jaco2. She has worked at several industry labs including IBM, Google X, and Honda Research Institute.
AGATA ROZGA, HEAD OF PRODUCT
Agata Rozga is a psychologist and leading researcher who combines computation and observational methods to develop and evaluate new technologies in healthcare settings. Having previously collaborated with the founders at Georgia Tech, she accepted the opportunity to help Diligent identify ways for hospital service robots to support members of clinical care teams in hospitals. Together with her academic colleagues, she has overseen several grants to develop novel tools for use in clinical applications. She is deeply committed to the company's vision of building robots that work side-by-side with people as valuable members of clinical care teams. Agata earned her M.A. and Ph.D. from UCLA and completed a postdoctoral fellowship in the Center for Behavioral Neuroscience at Georgia State University. She has spent 18 years leading observational studies of social behavior across laboratory and clinical settings. As a Senior Research Scientist at Georgia Tech, she collaborated with computer scientists and engineers to explore how sensing and computational analysis methods could be leveraged to develop new tools to measure social behaviors. There, she directed the Georgia Tech Child Study Lab, a one-of-a-kind research facility that combined state of the art in multi-modal sensing and computational analytics with behavioral research methods to develop automated methods for capturing and measuring behavior. These experiences, and her recent work with Diligent seeking to understand the needs and workflows of clinical teams in hospitals, has highlighted for Agata the importance of placing the needs of the users of new technologies at the center of the innovation process. These technologies have so much potential to improve healthcare delivery and Agata believes it is crucial that they be developed with rather than just for the people who will ultimately use them.